April Monthly Bullet Journal Set-Up

Happy April! I don’t know about you but this year is flying by!

Here is my April monthly layout. At this point, there isn’t much difference in how I organize them so I think I’ll just post all my pictures below. I’m really proud of how my cover page came out (as usual my inspiration is from Amanda Rach Lee on YouTube).

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The only things I switched up is my tracker pages. I fell a little behind on my trackers in March so I decided to simplify them this month. And I copied Amanda’s mood tracker for this month but I kept my same color scheme.

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March Bullet Journal Set-Up

It’s March! This year is flying by. This both excites me and scares me, because while I have some amazing milestones coming up, I’m not quite ready for them to be on the horizon.

Like graduation, for example. I have no idea what my life will look like after May and it’s freaking me out.

Before I nose-dive into another existential crisis, I’ll go ahead and share how I’ve set up my bullet journal for the month of March.

My March title page is heavily inspired by Amanda Rachel Lee on Youtube. I await her videos every month like the second coming. I like to see what she does and then give it my own twist. The quote on the left is inspired by a quote on Pinterest, because I wanted to tie in a little St. Patrick’s luck.

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The next pages are my month-at-a-glance pages. It’s a pretty simple layout that I am considering changing up for next month, but so far it does what it is supposed to do, so why fix something that ain’t broke, as the saying goes.

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My tracker pages are the most tedious and annoying pages in this entire journal, but they are probably the most helpful for me. So I keep doing them. But having to do so many lines and so many numbers drives me insane. I almost left it half empty last night, but I pushed through knowing I’d have to fill some out tonight. February was the first month that I utilized this new habit tracker layout and honestly, I love it. It makes me more motivated to do each of the tasks instead of when I was just filling out one, big chart.

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Next is my mood tracker. I really love this page and how I’ve chosen to lay it out this year, because it is fun to switch from month to month and see how my emotions evolve throughout the month. The quote on the right is from that one Michael Buble song that might be a cover of an older song, but I’m not sure so I’m just going to stick with my Michael Buble theory.

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I’m not really sure why I included this page because it’s only fun at the end of the month. Having the HP Sprocket has really brought this spread to life. Before, I would just post little things I got from events like tickets or wristbands, but the pictures are something I know I’ll look back on fondly.

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I hope everyone has a magical March! Thanks for reading!

February Bullet Journal Set-Up

And January flip-through

One of my greatest prides and joys is my bullet journal. I didn’t know I could love an inanimate object as much as I love this journal. I’m pretty much obsessed with it and all things related to it. So I wanted to show off my hard work and dedication that could probably be better spent towards my education or getting a job.

As usual, I find inspiration from Amanda Rach Lee on YouTube. I religiously wait for her video to go up before I begin the next month just in case she does something I want to incorporate into my spreads. And I’m so glad I did.

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This is probably my favorite out of all of my monthly title pages. I found the quote on the left on Pinterest and I feel like it will be a good mantra for this next month.

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I have also started putting washi tape along the edge of each month at a glance page to act as a sort of bookmark.

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I kind of switched up my habit tracker. I had already planned on doing this for February, and apparently great minds think alike because Amanda also changed hers up too. And then I dedicated the other page to tracking my sleep and water intake. You’ll see later that in January, I switched out my sleep tracker for a water tracker and I really missed tracking the hours of sleep I got, so I’ve brought them together for this month. We’ll see how it goes. That’s what is so great about bullet journal–you aren’t stuck with one layout for 12 months; you can do whatever your heart desires.

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I enjoyed this form of mood tracking, so I’ve copied it over from January. And then I found another cute doodle on Pinterest, although this one looked better in my head than after the execution of it.

The following is a flip-through of how my spreads came out in January. I started with a new weekly layout, but ended up reverting back to my old ways of washi tape and daily tracking.

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Ignore the ripped pages lol To quote Hannah Montana: “Everyone makes mistakes”

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So that is it for today! Have a wonderful week!

2018 Bullet Journal Set-Up

I have shared in the past my love of bullet journals, so I wanted to start 2018 off with a peek at how I’ve set up my 2018 Bullet Journal.

I debated on whether to keep going on my current bullet journal or start 2018 in a new journal, and I decided to begin again with a pretty new journal because my old one got a little thick (I went a little crazy with the memory keeping and decided to put some birthday cards in my journal and it pretty much doubled the size of my journal).

For my birthday, my sister got me a new Leuchterrm journal so I am using that one for 2018.

For those who have not been caught up in the bullet journaling frenzy, a bullet journal is a planner and journal all in one. The fun part is that you get to design your own planner. I have always struggled with planners in the past because even though I love them, I would constantly switch from one type of planner to the next. With bullet journaling, the layout is completely up to me so if I get bored I can switch up my layouts.

I’ve really enjoyed bullet journaling and letting my creativity run free. I find most of my inspiration through YouTube videos and Instagram posts. I utilize the bookmark tool on Instagram to save layouts or spreads that I love and want to recreate in my own journal. Below I’ve attached some screenshots of how to use the bookmark function on instagram if you have never used it before. I highly recommend it!

This year I am trying to be more productive so I’ve put more focus on creating feasible to-do tasks for each day that line up with my goals. You can read all about my goals here.

So there’s a little sneak peak into my bullet journal. I am low key obsessed with it and honestly I’m just really happy with how it’s been going. I’m also happy with the structure that it’s brought to my life. I’m so excited to see where the rest of 2018 takes me.

Just Another Resolutions Post

It’s 2018, which means it is time for yet another new year’s resolutions post.

This year I decided to tackle my goals in a new way. This wasn’t particularly difficult since my previous way of setting goals consisted of last minute guestimations of what I wanted out of the new year. My goals always ended up disappointing me because I treated them like birthday wishes, I thought they would come true magically and without any effort on my part.

So instead of wishful thinking and zero follow through, I decided to use Cultivate What Matters’s Goal Planner for 2018.

Their website can probably do a much better job of explaining the ins and outs of their goal planning process, but essentially, you go through their prep work to figure out what is most important in your life. The prep work is emotionally draining and reminiscent of a therapy session, but honestly, I’d do it all over again.

Once the prep work is complete, I decided what I actually wanted to accomplish or make progress towards in the next year. As you’ll recall, this is pretty much where my goal planning ended before. From there, the goal planners allow you to break those goals down into monthly, weekly, and daily tasks.

So instead of feeling overwhelmed, I feel excited and in charge of my goals, and I have a seemingly tangible way of accomplishing them.

Another great part about this goal planner is that you get to pick a word for the year–just a single word to inspire you to continue working towards your goals.

My word of the year is “ignite”. There are a lot of things that I want out of life but have been dormant for many years. So this year, I want to ignite those passions again so I can work towards those goals and hopefully be somewhere that I’m proud of by the end of 2018.

Throughout my prep work, I realized there were many things I hoped to accomplish in my life. Some were familiar, and some were kind of surprising. I found things I didn’t realize I’d been hoping for.

I narrowed my goals down to four, but the goal planner has seasonal check-ins so I can change them or add to them throughout the year.

  1. Cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Like every other person this year, I’m looking to leave my crappy eating habits in 2017.
  2. Be a writer. All my life, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In high school, all I did was eat, breathe, sleep, and write. However, since starting college, I’ve let it slip to the backburner. Actually, not even the backburner–I let writing fall off the back of the stove, never to be found again. So, this year, I am writing a book. Or at least make progress on writing a book.
  3. Cultivate my interests. Every year, I have a list of books I want to read and a list of classic films that I’ve always wanted to see. But every year, I fail miserably. So this year, I’m going to read 2 books a month and watch 1 movie a week.
  4. Be a strong, faithful Catholic. I have wavered in my faith the past couple of years. Waver may be an understatement, but nonetheless, I am making strides to form a closer relationship with God.

So that’s it. I just wanted to share here to maybe help hold myself accountable. I mean, if it’s on the internet, it must be true, right?

If you have any interest in this kind of goal planning, you should check out Cultivate What Matters’s blog because they share great goal planning tips all the time.

 

November Bullet Journal Spread

Happy November 1st everyone! I cannot believe that October is already over! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sharing my October spreads with you.

So for November, I decided to follow along with Amanda Rachel Lee. She is a YouTuber that I follow who does gorgeous spreads and for November she did a crystal theme. I’m not the greatest free-hand drawer so this was actually pretty challenging for me but I think I like how it turned out in the end.

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Here is my month at a glance page. I kept it fairly similar to last month but instead of splitting up the calendar by morning, evening, and all day, I split it between personal and school. So we’ll see by the end of the month how I like the change. As I mentioned in my first post, the customization is my favorite part of bullet journaling.

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Next is my tracking pages. Last month was the first month that I really stuck with my tracking. Even if I didn’t do every habit every day, I was consistent in tracking what I did accomplish. I also really liked the way I did the mood tracker last month where I colored in a different leaf each day so I’m doing the same thing here except with poorly drawn crystals.

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And for the last of my monthly spreads, I have a November Memories page. This has been a really cool part of my bullet journal and I know that it will be fun to look back on over the years.

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P.S. the glitter washi tape is from Target in their dollar section.

Thank you so much for reading.

Bullet Journal October Spread

Three months ago, I decided to ditch a formal planner system and try out bullet journaling. For those who may not be familiar with this system, here is the website from the actual creator of the bullet journal system. I was first drawn to bullet journals because it meant that I could be in charge of the layout instead of constantly searching for the “perfect planner”. What is amazing about bullet journaling is that you aren’t tied down to one specific layout or design. If you get bored with how something looks, you have the power to change it. And honestly, I’m in love with my journal.

Here she is, my first bullet journal. I hope to continue bullet journaling, so I decided to decorate it with stickers representing my current interests. It will definitely be something cool to look back on over the years.



So, to get started, here is my title page for October. I don’t usually do these pages but I was inspired by Amanda Rachel Lee on YouTube. Her bullet journal layouts are gorgeous and it’s fun to try and recreate her spreads.


Next is my monthly layout which is inspired by Boho Berry. I used to do just one column but after seeing how hers was split up by morning, afternoon and all day, I wanted to try it out. I also started incorporating washi tape into my spreads. This pumpkin one is from the dollar section in Target.

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As part of my monthly spread, I like to track some things throughout the month like habits and sleep. I’ve also tried tracking my mood but I can never keep with it. So, when I saw Amanda Rach Lee using a “color the numbers” type of thing, I immediately wanted to try it out. I also like that it keeps it in the fall theme I have.



The final pages for my monthly spread is for October memories. I’ve been using these pages to keep movie ticket stubs, pictures, or really anything that is a physical keepsake I can tape into the pages. Again, I’m hoping it is something I can look back on in the years to come.

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The last spread that I will be showing you is for my weekly layout. Again, I’ve been really into washi tape recently.

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Setting up these pages has been very relaxing to me and it makes me excited whenever I get to utilize the pages I’ve set up. And it’s not set in stone. If there is a spread that I didn’t use, I can do something else the next month.

Happy October and thanks for reading!

Plan With Me: Valentine Edition

Good morning!

I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with planners. I am arguably the most unorganized person in the world, but you would never guess by looking at my planner. I love using colors and washi tape to decorate and plan out my week. I religiously watch planning videos every week on YouTube to see what products people are using or different techniques on decorating. Some are a little too much for me. I want my planner to be pretty but also functional so there is a lot of room to adjust my week as need be. 


I recently made a trip to Michaels and got some great deals on valentine washi tape.  For this week, I used a selection of stickers (some from the Happy Planner collection and some from my favorite Etsy shop, Nikki Plus Three). 

Here is how my week layout turned out:


As I mentioned above, I like to have a lot of open space to add notes as I go through my week, but overall I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I do my planning every Sunday evening and it is so relaxing to spend half an hour decorating my week. 

Thanks for reading!